With all the great music festivals we get to enjoy in Chicago every summer, it’s almost mind-boggling to think that no one else has attempted to organize one along Lake Michigan’s glorious shoreline. Wavefront Music Festival will set a precedent and do just that, taking place at Montrose Harbor June 29th through July 1st. Presented by the good people at SpyBar, the lineup is bolstered by some of the hottest names in underground dance music at the moment. If it is anything close to the awesome parties they throw at the club throughout the rest of the year, this has potential to be a very special inaugural event. The EDM revolution has swept over America and Wavefront aims to capitalize on its momentum, offering a different slew of artists that have been overlooked by other festivals in Chicago.
“Wavefront Music Festival, Chicago’s inaugural beachside festival, has added a Friday night preview party to kick-off the full weekend of electronic dance music taking place at Montrose Beach. Friday night’s preview party will include live shows by Serge Devant, Lee Curtiss, and Benoit & Sergio. It begins at 5 p.m., and goes until 10 p.m.”
The lineup is about as diverse as you can find in EDM and features a lot of names you won’t see at other festivals here this summer. Spanning across several genres, the lineup is similar to the bookings you would normally see at SpyBar throughout the year. They have also added bigger names in the EDM world like Sasha and Boys Noize, as well as a local stage. Here are some artists we’re particularly excited for:
The Toronto-based duo of Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White have been making music for years and know how to get a party going very quickly. Sexy minimal house is what they do, and they’re pretty damn good at it.
They run one of the hottest labels in dance music at the moment, with each member in high demand at clubs around the world. There really isn’t much to say about Visionquest that hasn’t already been said. Expect these guys to bring a unique and eclectic style to the decks.
A rising star in the Crosstown Rebels and Hot Creations family of artists, 2012 is poised to be Danny Daze’s biggest year to date. A student of the game, he has been spinning since he was thirteen years old and has a passion for Detroit techno and Italian disco.
Benoit & Sergio
This Berlin/DC based duo has been lauded for their energetic live sets and catchy electro-pop tracks that can get stuck in your head for days. They are great producers that can whip a crowd into a frenzy almost immediately.
Coming off his jaw-dropping performance with Seth Troxler at Movement Electronic Music Festival, expect more of the same from Guy Gerber as he performs solo this time around. With his Fabric mix out this week, expect him to explore music from that release, among his other productions.
Putting the kibosh on LCD Soundsystem hasn’t slowed James Murphy down in any sense, in fact, he may be busier than ever. Between running DFA Records and DJing, the man is still hard at work. A vinyl purist, he will bring plenty of vintage disco records with him, as well as other surprises. Expect his set to be a mix of new and old.
Don’t let the name fool you, Shit Robot is as serious as they come. As a DJ/producer, his style ranges anywhere from techno to spacey electronica. He could be one of the biggest sleepers going into the weekend. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
After witnessing him and Joris Voorn at Movement, we would not pass up another opportunity to catch Nic Fanciulli. He brings a rocking brand of tech house to the booth and is a fantastic producer in his own right.
Performing in Chicago for the first time as Duck Sauce, Armand Van Helden and A-Trak’s newest project has taken over the EDM world by storm over the last two years, powered by their hit “Barbra Streisand.” Their energetic disco house show could end up being one of the highlights of the entire weekend.
Here is a list of all the official after parties, click the link above for more information:
- (Preparty) Thugfucker – Spy Bar on June 29th
- Erick Morillo – Enclave on June 30th
- Boys Noize, D.I.M., and Steve Lawler – SpyBar on June 30th
- Bad Boy Bill – Green Dolphin on June 30th
- Visionquest and Art Department – Smart Bar on June 30th
- A-Trak at Cuvee on June 30th
- Eric Prydz – Studio Paris on June 30th